Before I make an image, I listen to the stories of my subjects which allow me to better understand their tribulations and what they are passionate about. Through this I am able to gain their trust, create concepts, and visually interpret the imagery of each photograph. Collaborating with my subjects, we discuss wardrobe, the use of props, and the scenery needed for the portrait. I believe that everyone has a story to tell and I hope that through my work that each viewer has a better understanding of each person in the portrait. My desire to understand, empathize, and ultimately rid the world of ignorance, is what fuels my need to tell their stories and challenge the misconceptions the world has about one another.
I have discovered that the process of making these conceptual portraits is therapeutic for both me and everyone I work with. Through the act of turning the camera on myself, I hope analyze my own characteristics allowing myself to be vulnerable and completely transparent with both the viewers and my subjects. By shedding light on these hidden characteristics, I reveal the qualities that make us unique. Through displaying a personal narrative, I reveal the inner qualities that shape our identity. I hope I can continue to use my art to share these stories, break the chains of ignorance that plague our society and to be voice for anyone who desires to be heard.